Today’s Adult Kid is none other than the late, great Johnny Cash. “Johnny Cash?!” you may be exclaiming, “What did he record for kids?” as you think about the somber Man In Black, singer of songs like Sunday Morning Coming Down and A Boy Named Sue. Cash released 96 albums in his lifetime, beginning in 1955 and ending just before his death in 2003 (although there was a posthumous release, American V: A Hundred Highways, in 2006). But in 1975, Cash released his 49th album, a recording for kids simply titled “The Johnny Cash Children’s Album. In 1981 Cash also appeared in an episode of The Muppet Show, and these two things officially make him a Young At Heart Adult Kid – an adult musician who has recorded music specifically for kids.
Here’s Johnny Cash singing with Miss Piggy on the Muppet Show:
I’ve always been a big fan of Sesame Street’s The Count, and he’ll be featured in a counting theme along with the Beatles and Feist. I’m not a fan of math, but I don’t mind counting with these guys. We’ll also hear a lovely Skee-Lo cover of Schoolhouse Rock’s song “The Tale Of Mr. Morton.” Please email me at Youngatheart@wtmd.org with any song suggestions or thoughts about the show. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next week,
THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST:
Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
Everyday People – Sly and The Family Stone
All Together Now – The Beatles
The Batty Bat – The Count (Sesame Street)
Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4
She’s a Rainbow – Rolling Stones
Moon Star Pie – Lisa Loeb
Moonbeam – Nillson
Man On the Moon – R.E.M.
The Tale Of Mr. Morton – Skee-Lo
Litta Bitta You – Andrew & Polly
ADULT KID: Johnny Cash
I’ve Been Everywhere
Take It Outside – Chibi Kodama
Steven Steven – You Can’t Change Who I Am
Starfish and Coffee – Prince
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland